Bisnis Indonesia, 15 October 2018

The government must proactively ensure that the distribution of diesel oil with 30% fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) blend from palm oil (B30) is on schedule. The government expected to see 100% distribution of B30 in 2020. Indonesian Vegetable Oil Association (GIMNI) Executive Director Sahat M. Sinaga said President Joko Widodo has expressed his commitment to accelerate B30 program. Thus, related ministries have to speed up their performance. He said in Medan last week that domestic CPO usage for fuel will cut imports and raise bargaining position of palm oil.

Meanwhile, National Standardization Agency (BSN) Standard Implementation System Centre Head Wahyu Purbowasito said Indonesian government may issue its own B30 standard without referring to the standard applied by the US government, as long as the government could ensure that the B30 implementation is improving performance and not damaging the environment.

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